Polycystic ovarian syndrome is the most prevalent reproductive problem in young girls and women, affecting between 5 to 10%.
Women with polycystic ovarian syndrome have...
If insulin resistance is reversed insulin levels drop, this in turn lowers androgen levels, which in turn prevents the suppression of ovarian function, allowing the ovaries to start functioning normally. Two studies have found that the B vitamin inositol helped control insulin resistance.
In a common treatment for polycystic ovarian syndrome women are given The Pill (to prevent ovulation) and Metformin, a diabetic drug, to bring the sugar level down.
The Pill contains synthetic progesterone and oestrogen, which also stops ovulation, but it also reduces the level of natural progesterone in a woman. It also has many adverse side affects. Synthetic progesterone or 'progestins' increase insulin resistance.
Plan of action for polycystic ovarian syndrome...
Use 200-250mg/day of progesterone cream, this equates to 6.0-7.5ml Natpro. The higher dose might be needed. It must only be used at ovulation, for the last 14 days of the cycle, taking day 1 as the first day of bleeding.
Cycles can be very erratic or non-existent in PCO, if this is the case use a 28 day cycle to begin with, until the natural cycle exerts itself. This would mean using the cream from day 15 to 28.
Some authorities advise using the cream every day, without a break, to prevent any eggs from growing and maturing, as they only result in more cysts. If this route is followed, use half the daily dose given above for the first two to three months, a scan will confirm if the cysts are being absorbed back into the body.
After the two to three months of using the cream every day, start using the progesterone from day 14. This should prevent any further cysts developing and hopefully initiate ovulation.
If there is a cycle, but with spotting before a full period, between 6-7ml of progesterone cream such as Natpro (or one of equivalent strength) will be needed during the last 14 days, to prevent the spotting. The spotting is a sign that the progesterone level is dropping too low to support the endometrium.
For more on how to use progesterone cream click here.
The nutrients given below are to be taken daily in the appropriate proportions (to learn more about how to deal with polycystic ovarian syndrome and other conditions please click here). They all assist in...
Taking the probiotics Lactobacilus acidophilus and Bifidobacteria bifidum/lactis with at least ten billion bacteria per dose will greatly assist any regime aimed at overcoming polycystic ovarian syndrome.
MCT oil (medium chain triglyceride) is a wonderful source of energy which is not converted to fat, but can be used directly by the cells for energy, take 5-60ml. Please note it does have a laxative affect at high doses.
The soluble fibres such as apple pectin, guar and ground linseed are beneficial too, add them to drinks or food.
Very important: As homocysteine could be a contributing factor to polycystic ovarian syndrome, a blood test should be done to check. If higher than 6 then it is essential to take the following nutrients to help bring it down...
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